It’s quite easy for a thief to tell which homes are occupied and which are not. Tell-tale signs such as the house being in complete darkness, post and newspapers building up, and bottles of milk left at the doorstep are all things that thieves look out for in order to determine which houses are the best to target. Over eighty percent of burglaries occur when the occupants have gone on holiday and left the house empty, however if you’re setting off on holiday soon and are worried about the possibility of your home being broken into, there are a number of ways in which you can make it look as if your home is occupied. Here are a few.
Don’t Advertise the Holiday
Even if you’re planning a quick getaway early in the morning, don’t leave your car full of luggage overnight or leave your holiday luggage in view of any prospective thieves. All it takes is one passer-by with the wrong intentions to see your suitcases ready, and they’ll know that your home will be unoccupied pretty soon.
Don’t Leave the Lights On
Leaving your lights on might seem like a good idea to deter thieves, however the fact is that having the lights on constantly could only serve to make it more obvious that there is nobody at home. Instead, it is a good idea to invest in a timer that you can set so that different lights in the home will switch on and off at various times of the day or night. This is a much more effective way to create the appearance of somebody being at home, and is much more likely to deter a burglar.
Keep Post and Parcels Safe
Royal Mail has a Keepsafe scheme designed for people who want to keep their home secure when they are on holiday, and using this will ensure that you don’t get any post delivered to your home when you are away. Royal Mail will keep post and parcels for up to 66 days for a small fee, and deliver them on your return.
Although it goes without saying, it’s important to ensure that every point of entry to your home, including the windows, are securely locked before you go on holiday. If there is only one lock on your door, you might find it useful to add additional locks for extra security and peace of mind. Visit metrolocks.co.uk for more information.
Ask a Neighbour
If possible, leave your keys with a trusted neighbour and ask them to keep their eye on your home whilst you are away. They will be able to collect any post, newspapers or junk mail that might be left in the letter box, and you could even ask them to sweep up leaves and keep on top of things around your house to make it look as if somebody’s there.
How do you ensure that your home is secure when you go away on holiday? If you have any advice for other holidaymakers, we’d love to hear from you in the comments.